Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The next chapter in what has become a saga — the Live Nation Seven Peaks Music Festival special event application — will continue at 9:00 a.m. Wed. June 30.

The several-hours-long June 22 Chaffee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) meeting on the topic of the Live Nation Seven Peaks Music Festival special event application had to be continued once again, (for the overview of the June 22 meeting follow this link:

Dierks Bentley is one of several headliners for the Seven Peaks Music Festival. If approved it would be held on its traditional Labor Day weekend time slot.

The application for a potentially 20,000 person, three-day event (with one day for set up and another for tear-down) is the third permit application to the county from Live Nation Entertainment; which held the same event over Labor Day weekend in 2018 and 2019. The county is just 68 days out from the potential event. While in the past there have been complaints from neighbors about noise, and general complaints about traffic control, this year the application comes with additional worries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county’s current event cap is 5,000. Seven Peaks Site Manager Jim Reid raised eyebrows — and tempers — during the June 22 meeting, in which he confirmed that festival organizer Live Nation hasn’t just opened ticket sales for an event that isn’t yet approved; it had already sold 6,000 tickets.

“Raising the event cap would be a Board of Health decision, and since we have not noticed this meeting as a Board of Health session … we can’t take that under consideration today,” said Commissioner Keith Baker during that meeting.

The county’s public health cap is 5,000, and  July 12 is the next scheduled Board of Health meeting. Across the U.S. only 1.5  percent of the people being hospitalized now are breakthrough cases of vaccinated individuals. This means that 98.5 percent of those being hospitalized for COVID-19 are not vaccinated.

Click here for the meeting agenda.

The meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom.